8 Romantic, but Inexpensive Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Her

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Gift Ideas for HerDo you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way, without going into debt?  Check out these 8 inexpensive, but still romantic gift ideas for her: [Read more…]

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Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas

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Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas

As a teacher, I recieved gifts over the years -some obviously very thoughtful and others that left me scratching my head in wonder.  Regardless, the simple act of giving a gift meant the world to me, especially since I wasn’t always the “main” teacher.  (I taught special education, and even if I saw a child for most of the day, I wasn’t their “homeroom” teacher, and ….I digress…)  So, let me repeat, any gift you give a teacher will be much appreciated.  Period.  Truly, it IS the thought that counts.

If you’re looking for something simple, without breaking the bank, then take heed of these frugal teacher gift ideas.

Honestly, the gifts that meant the most to me were the personalized notes, you could have your child help create a picture for each teacher, and include a note of thanks -offering anything specific you can, even if it’s simply “you make my child smile”. Pull out the paint brush, water colors or tempera paint, and let your child express himself – regardless of his age.  Sometimes a picture of your child is helpful, too, because it will allow her teachers to continue to put a name to a face (because we’re all a little forgetful in our old age.)  I’ve helped my daughter create various cards over the years, using card stock, colorful tissue paper bits, and contact paper.  Or peruse Pinterest for a simple craft you think you and your child could create for all his teachers.

Frugal Teacher Gift ideas - Tissue Paper Window Cards

When I was in the classroom, the gift that (still) meant the most to me was from one of my 5th graders, whose learning disability made the simple task of writing very difficult.  That year, she hand wrote me a letter of thanks – specifying things I’d done for her/with her that year.  I know the time, effort, and thought that went in to that was great – and I thus still treasure it dearly.  She got me a few other small things along with that note, but the note is what I most recall.

If you want to include a little **something** along with the pictures and notes, the gesture of a $5 gift card, or even a little baggie of assorted chocolates can go a long way.  The dollar stores usually have those little mesh baggies in multiples; I snagged a bag of chocolates last year for free with some deal -likely at Publix- and allocated a few of them to each of my daughter’s teacher, using those baggies.  Also, you could create various baked goods with your child, and include with a personalized note.

Along those same lines, clip and root a piece of your favorite house plant, like a Christmas cactus; root it, then put it in a colorful pot.  Or, grab a ready-to-paint pot from a craft store or home improvement store, and  let your child create a design on the pot.  House plants can certainly be a lasting way of saying “thank you”.

Frugal Teacher Gift Ideas - Paintable Flower Pots

Another idea, depending on your child’s class and teachers, is to pool together with other parents, and go in together for one big class gift.  With a larger budget, the class could get the teachers personalized stationary from Vistaprint, or even a larger gift card or gift certificate to her favorite restaurant.  Or just cold hard cash.

This year, for the end of year gift, my daughter’s pre-K class is making a photo book for each teacher.  Since they’ve been taking pictures all year round, and uploading to Shutterfly, we have plenty of pictures of the kids and both teachers.  Each child will also create one picture for each teacher, and write a sentence or two about what they like the most about each teachers – scan them in: boom.  Sentimental, meaningful gift.

The bottom line is this: no matter what the gift is, simply let your child’s teachers know you appreciate them.  That act alone goes a long way, and stands out for years to come.

**Also, check out Tiffany (of RealMomTalk.com) for her take on the Top 5 Gift Ideas for Teachers:

Top 5 gift ideas for teachers

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--Barbara

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Why I Gift Photo Books – And Why You Should, Too!

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Why I Gift Photo books

Let’s face it, in this digital age, we scarcely take the time to print pictures these days.  My kids get printed school pictures, and any photos grandparents print some out.  Otherwise, I consistently FAIL to print pictures.  So, this, honestly, is why I gift photo books.  I have found great satisfaction in compiling photo books for my kids from various occasions, like vacations or special events.  Two years ago, I even did utilized Shutterfly’s photo book option to “publish” the book my then 5 year old daughter and I wrote.

Now is a great time to put together photo books, they make a great class gift idea for teachers, but also for a wide variety of other people in your life.  We created a photo book as part of our keepsake for my daughter’s first trip to Disney World when she was younger.  My sister-in-law created a photo book a few years ago for my in-laws to remember the family cruise we went on – we all still enjoy thumbing through it to remember how much we enjoyed the cruise!

Gift Ideas for Photo Books:

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Toy List for Kids – Newborn to 24 Months

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toy list for kids - newborn to 24 monthsAmazon has a nice list of top toys for kids this year based on age. The following toys are on the Amazon Holiday Toy List for Kids – Newborn to 24 Months. Prices shown were accurate at the time of posting. Be sure to check the price before you order.

Special thanks to Become a Coupon Queen for sharing this list!

Under $10

Munchkin Twisty Figure 8 Teether – $4.49

Munchkin Ocean Squirts Bath Toys, 4 Pack – $6.98

$11 – $20

Bright Starts Safari Beats Musical Toy $12.39

Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy, 4 Count $12.67

Tomy Hide N Squeak Eggs Learning Toy – $12.97

Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle and Sensory Teether Activity Toy – $12.99

Nuby 10-Pack Little Squirts Fun Bath Toys, Assorted Characters – $12.99

Baby Einstein Discover and Play Piano – $14.39

LeapFrog Count & Crawl Number Kitty Musical Toy $14.96

Skip Hop Bandana Buddies Activity Toy, Puppy – $14.99

Skip Hop Explore and More Accordion Toy, Hedgehog $14.99

Gund Pusheen Plush with Cookie – $17.79

Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow 5-toy Activity Set – $19.99

VTech Zoo Jamz Piano – $19.99

$21 – $30

LeapFrog Scout’s Count & Colors Band $20.48

Gund Tucker Giraffe Comfy Cozy Baby Blanket – $22.56

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Greetings Globe – $22.97

Bright Starts Baby Light and Colors Driver – $23.97

Fisher-Price Beat Bow Wow – Pink $24.45

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Grow ‘n Learn Garden Caddy – $24.99

Gund Baby Sleepy Seas Lights and Soothing Sounds Whale Toy – $25.67

VTech Count and Colors Bouncing Frog Toy – $26.39

Fisher-Price Little People Noah’s Ark $29.99

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Build-a-Beat Dance Mat – $29.99

Fisher-Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway – $30.39

$31 – $40

VTech Sit, Stand and Ride Baby Walker – $31.99

Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother – $34.75

Playskool Explore N’ Grow Busy Ball Popper – $33.43

Oball Go Grippers Car Carrier – $33.92

Fisher-Price Dance & Move BeatBelle – $34.00

Little Tikes Light ‘n Go – 3-in-1 Activity Walker – $34.99

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Go Ride On $35.99

Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Sit, Stride & Ride Lion – $37.95

Kaloo Perle Plush Toys, Cream Chubby Bear $37.97

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center $39.99

Over $41

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure – $54.73

Step2 Hot Wheels Push Around Racer Ride On – $49.99

Oball Go Grippers Bounce ‘N Zoom Speedway – $52.69

Olive Kids On the Go 4 pc Bed in a Bag – Toddler $52.98

Playskool Sesame Street Love2Learn Elmo – $49.99

VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace $44.44

Little Tikes Princess Cozy Truck Ride-On – $71.99

Manhattan Toy Tree Top Adventure Activity Center $72.79

Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Home Play Set $89.99

Power Wheels Nickelodeon Blaze And The Monster Machines Lil’ Quad – $94.97

Radio Flyer Big Red Classic ATW – $129

You may also like:

Frugal Baby Gift Ideas

10 Essential Newborn Items

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--Barbara

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Frozen Gift Ideas for Boys

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Frozen gift ideas for boysFrozen Gift Ideas for Boys

Someone asked me recently if Disney’s Frozen was still ‘relevant’ among kids.  As a preschool teacher and mother of a 4 and 7 year old, I confidently confirmed indeed, Frozen remains quite relevant and popular among kiddos.  In fact, I can further share it’s not just for girls: little boys have also -ahem- caught Frozen fever.  So if you have a little boy in your life, consider these adorable Frozen gift ideas for boys.

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